Wall Of Power Hour Radio Showr – August 5th, 2017- We have darkness and light on this show. It starts with Brian O’Shaughnssey, the father of Jonathan-who was killed in a random drive-by shooting on July 3rd in Richfield, MN. We reached out to folks that were there that night hoping to bring new witnesses…

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Wall Of Power Power Hour – July 8th, 2017- Host Paul Metsa has a great conversation with legendary bar and restaurant man Kieran Foillard. Kieran shares his story of growing up in Ireland, working for his dad and his old man’s wisdom that has sustained his life and work, boxing with his dog Blackie as…

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We have a fascinating show with Mr. Jim Stowell, one of Minnesota’s finest storytellers. Jim is also an actor, playwright, producer and Park Ranger. We chatted about Jim’s theater background, his projects, as well as his love of storytelling. He regaled us with his trip to the Amazon River and ends the show reciting a…

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Paul Metsa’s Wall of Power Radio Hour – February 11, 2017 This replay is the first of two episodes featuring CIA agent and whistleblower John Kiriakou. Mr. Kiriakou talks about his 25 year career as a CIA agent, his reasons for letting America know that the CIA was waterboarding Al Qaeda prisoners overseas. He and…

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This week we have a bluegrass powered radio show with Steve Howard, a great bluegrass guitar and banjo picker. Steve moved to the Twin Cities from the West Coast in 1981. He tells us about his training in LA under the great thespian John Houseman (Paper Chase among others) and after spending time at the…

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Hot off the heels of the 100,000 strong person MN Women’s March (1/21/17 MN State Capitol) host Paul Metsa had the pleasure of chatting with one of the organizers Ms. Kate Redden. We chatted with Kate about how she got involved with social issues, her work with the other organizers which included over 100 volunteers,…

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Longtime MN troubadour and activist Larry Long is featured on the Wall of Power Radio Hour along with his cousin, rocker Melvin James, who produced Long’s latest recording Doves With Claws. Paul and Larry chatted about how got interested in folk music, his early years hopping railroad trains, and his work on behalf of social…

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We have a great show on the Wall of Power Radio Hour this week featuring Dave and Amy Freeman (named the 2014 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year) talking about their recently completed 366 day Year in the Wilderness. These fearless duo spent the last several years highlighting the importance of maintaining a pristine BWCA…

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Paul Metsa interviews legendary KUMD.org DJ John Bushey. John is celebrating his 25th year of hosting Highway 61 Revisited, a show honoring Bob Dylan and features live and unreleased Dylan recordings you won’t hear anywhere else. John considers himself an “abstract expressionist of the radio” and creates shows around various themes and different aspects of…

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This week’s Wall of Power Radio Hour features author, historian, musician, and producer Pat Thomas. Pat curated the 3 CD music set of Beat Poet King Allen Ginsberg entitled The Last Word on First Blues. Sifting through musical recordings from the 70’s and 80’s Mr. Thomas has created a wonderful musical and historical document of…

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This week’s Wall of Power Radio Hour features author, historian, musician, and producer Pat Thomas. Pat curated the 3 CD music set of Beat Poet King Allen Ginsberg entitled The Last Word on First Blues. Sifting through musical recordings from the 70’s and 80’s Mr. Thomas has created a wonderful musical and historical document of…

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This week’s show centered around the issue of gun violence. Our guests included Rev. Nancy Nord Bence who is the executive director of the non-profit Protect MN, the oldest group in the state that addresses the issues surrounding gun violence. Our musical guest was JD Steele, one of the finest soul and gospel singers in…

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Nashville session musician extraordinaire and MN native, Mr. Russ Paul joins host Paul Metsa in the studio for the entire show. Russ talks about his early days playing in rock bands, encouraged to play the pedal steel by none other than legendary steel cat Ralph Mooney. He talks about his early days in the club…

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We have a fascinating show this week on the Wall of Power Radio Hour taped live at the Art and Betty Hawkins farm featuring Doug Niemela: National Campaign Manager, The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters and Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters,Matt Norton: Policy and Science DirectorSpencer Shaver: Outreach intern, Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters,…

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This show features long time Minneapolis rocker and songwriter Brian Drake. Brian talks about moving to, and starting to play in Minneapolis in the early 1980’s, several bands he has fronted, the past and current state of the music scene and the genesis of his new band The April Fools. We played a track from…

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We chatted with legendary Greenwich Village songwriter and poet Eric Andersen previewing his upcoming show in Duluth, MN w/ Scarlet Rivera on July 23, 2016. Eric told us about hearing and then meeting Elvis Presley, his time in the Village, Bob Dylan as his “draft counselor”, Phil Ochs, David Blue, and other musicians from the…

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We feature East Coast raised and Northfield, MN resident Jon Manners, a great guitarist, songwriter, and luthier. Jon talked about growing up in Norwalk, CT, his cat whisker close to a record deal working with legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham, and his life in MN playing the clubs, coffeehouses, and festivals. Jon played…

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This show, originally aired in May of 2014, celebrates Bob Dylan’s 73rd birthday (replayed to celebrate his recent 75th birthday.) It features several great interviews including Leroy Hoikala (Dylan’s first drummer in his high school band The Golden Chords), BJ Rolfzen (Dylan’s 11th Grade English Teacher from an interview host Paul Metsa did with him…

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We have the first of several shows celebrating Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday. This show features two men who know a little bit about the man. The first set features longtime KUMD DJ John Bushey, who has hosted his radio show Highway 61 for 25 years in Duluth. John tells us about his show, which features…

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We feature two men behind the musical Complicated Fun that is playing at the MN History Theatre in St. Paul through May 29th. Playwright Alan Berks and Musical Director Nic Delcambre join host Paul Metsa in a discussion of this musical that highlights the underground music scene in the Twin Cities in the early ’80’s…

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This is a replay of a show we recorded in June of 2014 celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the movie Purple Rain. We ran it as a tribute to Prince, who had passed just a few days earlier. It features Pepe Willie, the man who discovered Prince (we also play a bit of a track…

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This is a replay of a show we broadcast in the Fall of 2015 that previewed the upcoming reunion of legendary jazz group Rio Nido. Rio Nido formed in 1977 and the original trio featured vocalist Prudence Johnson, guitarist Tom Lieberman, and guitarist Tim Sparks (our in studio guest for the show.) Tim Sparks is…

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The kick off to our 3rd season features Mr. Rich Dworsky, bandleader and piano man for Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion radio show. Besides working with Garrison for over 23 years, Rich has several other projects and has recently released a CD called “All In Due Time.” The CD features tunes in a variety of…

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We are celebrating almost two years of the Wall of Power Radio Hour tonight by replaying last year’s first anniversary show. While we prepare for our third season we want to share highlights from our first year of shows. Tonight’s show features interviews and music from 2014 including guests Tom Arnold, Steve McClellan, Willie Walker,…

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This is a replay of a show that first aired last February, the week after celebrated New York Times journalist, and Twin Cities native, David Carr passed away with his boots on in the newsroom at the NYTimes. Paul Metsa chatted with three Twin Cities journalists who knew and worked with Mr. Carr. They included…

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